Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Historical background

Structure

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. Salutation 1:1-2

II. Prologue 1:3-26

A. Thanksgiving 1:3-8

B. Prayer 1:9-11

C. Progress report 1:12-26

1. Paul's present imprisonment 1:12-18

2. Paul's anticipated deliverance 1:19-26

III. Partnership in the gospel 1:274:9

A. A worthy walk 1:27-30

B. Unity and steadfastness 2:14:1

1. Walking in unity ch. 2

The foundation for unity 2:1-4

The example of Christ 2:5-11

The responsibility of the believer 2:12-16

The example of Paul 2:17-18

The example of Timothy 2:19-24

The example of Epaphroditus 2:25-30

2. Walking in steadfastness 3:14:1

The introductory charge to rejoice in the Lord 3:1

The Judaizing danger 3:2-4a

Paul's privileged position 3:4b-6

Paul's self-humbling 3:7

Paul's greater goal 3:8-11

Paul's persistent zeal 3:12-14

Paul's charge to adopt his attitude 3:15-17

The antinomian danger 3:18-19

The forward look 3:20-21

The concluding charge to stand fast in the Lord 4:1

C. Specific duties 4:2-9

1. Restoring unity 4:2-3

2. Maintaining tranquility 4:4-9

IV. Epilogue 4:10-20

A. The recent gift 4:10-14

B. The previous gifts 4:15-20

V. Greetings and benediction 4:21-23

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Bibliography